For my second installment of Putting Value, I’m looking at my Dyson.
For the uninitiated, Dyson creates high-quality and very expensive vacuums, heaters, fans, and other electronics items. When I say expensive, I mean that Target sells Dyson vacuum cleaners from $400-$600 and the beautiful circular Dyson fans also go for $200-$300.
I can be a penny pincher when it comes to home appliances so I have a secondhand box fan I use when it gets hot, and I started with a trusty Dust Buster which I would break out when I dropped a large concentration of cookie crumbs. But then my back told me to stop bending over to vacuum like a chump and I went through a few vacuum cleaners. I was like Goldilocks and the Three Bears:
- Vacuum number 1 was too loud and made me feel like I was sitting in a wind tunnel for 10 minutes at a time. The resulting headaches made me return this after a couple tries
- Vacuum number 2 broke after three weeks of abuse at my hands. Apparently even $100 cordless vacuums can’t deal with long dog hair which brought every component to a screeching halt
- Vacuum number 3 was my long-necked Dyson V6 – and it has been just right
Before I wax poetic about my virtuous vacuum, I do want to clarify that I did not, and will never, pay $400 or $500 for a vacuum cleaner. I happened to be on the market when a manufacturer refurbished model popped up on eBay through Dyson, at the low low price of $179. Even then, it was almost double what I had paid for the latest imitator with the same general design and cordless capabilities. But something inside me was crying out for this — I DESERVED IT
And it has changed the way I clean my home, REALLY.
Let us count the ways:
- I hung my Dyson on the wall like someone else would place a trophy or work of art. It hangs proudly in all its shiny glory
- I now enjoy vacuuming. With all this horsepower at my fingertips, I feel like I’m the king of the world dancing about in my carpeted bedroom
- I vacuum the top of my fridge just because I can. And on top of my cabinets, and I even slide in underneath the couch
- I vacuum more often which has been good for my allergies. I can see how much dust and gunk accumulates on my floors every week so it’s good that I’m cleaning on a regular basis
But I’ll admit that the Dyson V6 isn’t for everyone. You should stay away if:
- It takes more than 10 minutes to vacuum your vast estate. The battery life is ~12 minutes on a good day
- You don’t like cleaning the tiny Dyson compartment. It only holds a fistful of dirt and dust before asking to be emptied
If I have to put a value on this life-changing cleaning accessory, I would give it a solid… $250 – more than I would ever pay for a cleaning device, but I can’t deny how much I love it for what it is.